Literature BA (Hons)
UCAS code Q320
What is special about this course?
If you are passionate about reading, thinking and writing and would like to turn this interest into a career, the BA (Hons) Literature is ideal for you.
You will explore literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history within texts and on the international literary stage.
Studying literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands is not ‘English’, and nor is it ‘Scottish’. Our modules cover a wide range of authors, in English and translation, as well as theory from classic to contemporary. With a solid foundation in genres and periods in years 1 and 2, and research-based modules in years 3 and 4, our graduates are confident and enthusiastic writers, researchers and readers.
We teach a range of advanced specialist modules alongside more traditional content, and you are able to combine your studies with other disciplines. You will also study language, translation and the interrelation of Scots, Gaelic, English and other languages in Scotland.
You will benefit from close partnerships with local organisations and you will learn from internationally recognised experts in their fields, with interests reflected in our wide variety of modules.
- You will study literature in an international context
- Research strengths (all taught on the degree) include: nation and identity, genre, adaptation, gender, theory/writing/originality, writing of place, nature and the environment, and in particular periods: classical and medieval, renaissance, eighteenth century and romanticism, nineteenth century, and modern and contemporary.
- All modules in years 3 and 4 are based on staff research, and you’ll be part of a vibrant research culture from your first semester
- Modules on Gaelic literature in translation are available
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- Must include English at grade C or above, plus one from the list of relevant subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Literature with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Holders of other awards, qualifications, competences and knowledge that are deemed similar in level and content to those above; entry by this route will be at the discretion of the programme committee.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Reading fiction: an introduction
- Reading drama: an introduction
- Reading poetry: an introduction
- Theories of literature: an introduction
You will also choose two further option modules which may include:
- Travellers in the wilderness: literature and the theme of exile
- An introduction to Gaelic prose
- Option modules from our range of humanities subjects
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- Medieval literature: text and contexts
- An introduction to Gaelic poetry
- Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
- Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary
You will also choose two further option modules from across our humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study five core modules which may include:
- Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
- Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature 1750-1830
- Psychogeography and the city
- Modern times: popular culture and modernism
- Children's literature
You will also choose an option module from our range of humanities subjects
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a literature dissertation. You will also study four core modules which may include:
- Pushing boundaries
- Postmodernism and total war
- Avant-gare literature
- Past and present: Historiography
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,940|
**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:
- Teaching and education
- Museum and archives
- The Media
- Heritage sector
- Creative arts
- Marketing and PR
The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers.
What our students, graduates and staff say
There are some amazing opportunities for students; from guest lecturers to workshops, courses and events. This year I’ve taken part in the Literature Society as President. We put on social activities and some campuses hold weekly book swapping meetings and there are larger events to attend such as the AyeWrite Festival in Glasgow. These are great ways to get to know and share your love of books with other like-minded students.
Carrie McWilliam, second year student, BA (Hons) Literature, Moray College UHI campus.
The university Literature Society allows students to develop and share their interests with other people. This can be done through trips to museums, galleries, festivals, the theatre or significant literary towns. It also allows students to get together and do something creative whether it is writing or performing short dramatic pieces. There's even the chance to just sit with a group of friends over a coffee and discuss a new and interesting text. The university Literature Society is a place where students can enhance their skills in a non-judgemental and relaxed environment. There are many roles within the society which means your opinion will always matter. It is your chance as a student to shape and develop the society and get the most out of your university experience.
You can find us on Facebook and Twitter (@UHILitSociety)
University Literature Society, President Natasha Ross (full-time year 2)
Time I spend on my studies is very precious and I use it well.
From medieval poetry to modern day novels, my first year at university has been an incredible experience and I am so happy to be able to link up with like-minded people from all over the country. That's the beauty of UHI; video conferencing that works and access to lectures from home makes studying a whole lot easier. The enthusiastic and helpful faculty have also helped make study a pleasurable experience, particularly when I have been out of the educational sphere for more than twenty years!
So why study literature at UHI?
If you enjoy reading and writing and would like to gain more insight to the literary world then you'll love this degree.
Discover hidden gems in Scottish and international literature...
Expand your mind...
Cultural trips and visits...
Explore and share your thoughts...
Form your own 'literary voice'. Who knows where it will take you?
Morag Meldrum, part-time BAH Literature.
Apply for Literature BA (Hons)
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.